The Grange’s Thompson wins Men’s Riversdale Cup

Jack Thompson from the Grange Golf Club in South Australia secured his biggest win to date taking out the Riversdale Cup on Sunday.

Thompson setup his maiden national ranking title with an impressive second round 64 to finish at 14-under for a five stroke victory over Royal Melbourne’s William Heffernan. Thompson fired rounds of 69-64-68-73 to leave the rest of the field in his wake.

“It’s a bit out of nowhere this win, I can vouch for that,” said Thompson.

“I know it sounds a bit funny, but I did think that I could win this week. I backed myself and once I had that second round I had the full belief in myself that I could do it.”

Thompson’s victory came off a 3rd place finish at the Avondale Medal in January and a solid performance at the NSW Amateur in Canberra.

Jack Thompson Jack Thompson (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Over the weekend Thompson was able to master the slick Riversdale greens and produced smart golf finding fairways and greens having already set the benchmark with Friday’s blistering 8-under-par round.

“It was really pleasing to carry forward and I was able to stick at it an play some really good golf. That’s what I’m most proud of.”

With his hometown SA Classic being played at The Royal Adelaide Golf Club, Thompson heads to the event full of newfound confidence that his game is heading in the right direction and that he can seriously compete in Australia’s top-ranked amateur tournaments.

“It’s an event I’m really looking forward to and its on a layout which suits my game,” says Thompson.

“Hopefully I can take some momentum into that and it would be good to win one at home. I just hope that I can keep doing my own thing and keep moving.”

“My goal is to get my world ranking down now that I have one from Avondale and just keep focusing on being consistent in these bigger events. It’s an exciting time now for me and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Former Australian Amateur champion, Matias Sanchez, finished in 3rd position at 8-under with Queensland’s Douglas Klein and New South Wales Nathan Barbieri rounding out the top-5 places.

This was the 110th staging of the Riversdale Cup making it one of the oldest amateur tournaments in the world.

Thompson’s name will now be etched alongside past champions Aaron Baddeley, Ryan Ruffels, Lester Peterson, Jake Higgingbottom, Brady Watt, Brendan Jones, Stephen Dartnall and Nathan Holman, to name a few, as well as fellow South Australian Jordan Sherratt, who was the last South Australian to win the title.